When you hire contractors for home improvement projects, it’s important to set up a clear contract that includes a timeline, payment schedule, and the exact details of the project. A contract should also include any permits or inspections that might be required. The best way to do this is to use an architect or engineer’s plans, which should detail virtually every detail of the work. The contract should also establish an escrow account that only receives payment until the job is substantially complete.
In some cases, home improvement projects can be tax deductible. If the work involves upgrading or replacing old furnishings, you can deduct the cost as a business expense. However, the IRS has strict guidelines as to what qualifies as a business expense, so it’s best to talk to a tax professional to learn more about the specifics.
Home improvement projects have become more popular in recent years, with the average cost of home improvement projects reaching their highest levels since Angi started tracking seven years ago. The pandemic has increased people’s focus on improving their homes. The prices of materials rose by more than 400 percent from pre-pandemic levels.
The continued growth of home improvement projects is good news for professional contractors. A recent survey by Axiom found that 56 percent of survey respondents would hire professionals for part or all of their projects. In addition, a majority of people surveyed would hire professionals for more complicated projects in the future.